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Estranged affections: Literary writing and the public sphere in Poe, Emerson, and Melville
This dissertation examines the influence of romantic aesthetics on the development of literary writing as a profession in America during the 1840s and 1850s. In opposition to the new historical claim that literary texts ...
Self (reliance) and feminine desire: Strategies for engagement in literature(s) written by women
Fictional and nonfictional texts by Elizabeth Stoddard, Edith Wharton, Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Ellen Glasgow, and Zora Neale Hurston are read against the background of Emersonian ideals of self reliance and friendship. ...
Cultures of violence: Racism, sexism and female agency in twentieth-century American fiction
Male authors intent on critiquing American racism, specifically William Faulkner and Richard Wright, have been more successful in defining the parameters surrounding the discussion of violence in American society than have ...